April 13 — Dream Theater front man James LaBrie gave audiences another preview of his new solo record this week.
LaBrie premiered his new single, ‘Give and Take’ and its video Wednesday. The song and its video are the second from LaBrie’s new solo album, Beautiful Shade of Grey, which is scheduled for release May 20 through InsideOut Music. LaBrie debuted the album’s lead single, ‘Devil In Drag‘ and its video
The musical arrangement featured in ‘Give and Take’ blends elements of LaBrie’s work with Dream Theater and the sounds of Queensryche, which bassist Paul Logue talked about in a prepared statement.
“Musically ‘Give & Take’ is a nice balance of Dream Theater, Eden’s Curse and a even little Queensryche thrown in for good measure,” Logue said. “The dark musical undertones allow James’ vocals to really shine whilst his lyrics take the listener on a journey through the classic tale of good versus evil.”
LaBrie said the lyrical theme featured in the new album delivers a socially conscious message.
“This track is a take on the coercive manipulation between the corporate elite and the proletariat class,” he said. “An atmospheric soundscape with beautiful feel and scope.”
The video for ‘Give and Take’ does well to illustrate the song’s message. An outstretched hand covered in hundred dollar bills, television monitors featuring the words: “Watch TV/No thought” and a screen with a person holding a megaphone make that clear. The new single plays over the visualization.
The track listing for Beautiful Shade of Grey is noted below.
The full track-listing is as follows:
1.Devil In Drag
3.Give And Take
5.Hit Me Like A Brick
8.What I Missed
9.Am I Right
11.Devil In Drag (Electric Version)
More information on James LaBrie’s new single, video, and album is available along with all of his latest news at: